NETworks Presentations, L.L.C. (NETworks) was founded in 1995 by friends and theatre veterans Kenneth Gentry (CEO), Scott Jackson (COO) and Seth Wenig (SVP). From two shows that first season, NETworks has grown into one of the largest suppliers of Broadway touring properties in the world, with 13 to 15 full productions on the road at any one time.
For over 20 years, NETworks has held to a distinct vision for our productions: that each must be artistically excellent, financially sustainable, and a workplace of choice for the on-stage, back stage and operational company members that actually create each touring show. Whether mounting the first national tour of a hot Broadway musical; collaborating on re-envisioned updates of some of the most successful shows in history; launching international tours including stops in Europe, South America, Asia and the Middle East; breathing new life into shows with shorter Broadway runs, creating lasting evergreen properties in the process; or creating a built-from-scratch version of a classic show specifically for the touring market; NETworks has earned the respect and confidence of show owners who entrust their artistic creations to the company, and local presenters who depend on us to create an unforgettable evening for their theatre patrons.
NETworks has been a touring company production partner of Cameron Mackintosh, The Disney Company, The National Theatre Company of Great Britain, and Rodgers & Hammerstein, among other legendary theatrical creators.
NETworks' staff is comprised of dedicated professionals who understand the business objectives of presenters and craft financially sustainable, critically-acclaimed shows that deliver strong returns and satisfied ticket buyers. The NETworks model is to constantly strive to do it better, challenging the norms of the touring industry and devising innovative processes. NETworks has worked extensively to develop new contracts and long-lasting collaborations with Actors Equity, Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers (ATPAM), International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), United Scenic Artists (USA), American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM).
NETworks' extensive and diverse list of touring show production credits through the years includes: The completely re-imagined stagings of Cameron Mackintosh's Les Miserables ("A five-star hit, astonishingly powerful and as good as the original." Times of London), and Phantom of the Opera ("the new Phantom makes most road shows these days look like midgets" Chicago Tribune); The National Theatre of Great Britain's productions of War Horse ("the production is a marvel of integrated stagecraft" LA Times) and We Will Rock You, the musical by Queen and Ben Elton; Billy Elliot The Musical ("an expertly crafted, well-oiled pleasure machine designed to make you feel exactly the way you want to feel at a musical" LA Times); Disney's Beauty and the Beast ("a delight from start to finish" San Francisco Examiner); Spring Awakening; The Producers; Rent; Blue Man Group; Seussical, The Musical with Cathy Rigby; The Light in the Piazza; Annie; Anything Goes; Little Women with Maureen McGovern; Elf the Musical; My Fair Lady; Flashdance the Musical; Dirty Dancing; Shrek The Musical; Hairspray; A Chorus Line; Cinderella; and Memphis The Musical.
Having built a strong foundation in the U.S., NETworks entered the international market with Hairspray in Japan (2007 )and China (2008), quickly followed by A Chorus Line (Japan, 2011), Shrek the Musical (Malaysia, China, 2012), Billy Elliot the Musical (Brazil 2013), We Will Rock You (Mexico, 2014) and War Horse (Japan, 2014). Continued international expansion is a major focus for NETworks in the coming years; we will take Disney's Beauty and the Beast to Istanbul, Dubai, Manila, Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur next season through a new partnership with Broadway Entertainment Group.
Since our beginning as a small group of theatre-loving friends hoping to bring Broadway-caliber shows to a nationwide audience, through our current status as a market-leading international tour producer, NETworks has maintained a culture grounded in a commitment to each audience member: to make every dollar count and to leverage every ounce of experience, ingenuity, and talent from the NETworks team to ensure that the full majesty and alchemy of a night of Broadway theatre is brought to life before them, right in their own hometown.